BOSTON (AP) — Xander Bogaerts hit a two-run homer, Nick Pivetta struck out eight over five innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the skidding Detroit Tigers 11-7 on Tuesday night.
Alex Verdugo, Hunter Renfroe and Kiké Hernández also went deep for Boston, which led 8-2 after three innings but needed to hold off the Tigers late in a slugfest that featured 24 hits and 13 pitchers.
“Our offense did an outstanding job,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said.
Detroit has lost six straight and 11 of 12.
The Tigers had the bases loaded with one out in the eighth, but Matt Barnes came out of the bullpen and got Miguel Cabrera to ground into a double play that ended the threat. Barnes didn’t allow a baserunner in the ninth, picking up his seventh save.
Cabrera went 0 for 5, striking out twice and grounding into two double plays. The 11-time All-Star with two AL MVP awards and four batting titles saw his batting average plummet to .105 (6 for 57).
The 38-year-old Cabrera is in an 0-for-23 slump with 13 strikeouts. He’s fanned two times in six straight games.
JaCoby Jones had a three-run homer, keying a four-run rally in the sixth that pulled Detroit to 9-7. Robbie Grossman went 3 for 3, walked twice and finished with three RBIs, but the Tigers couldn’t overcome their slow start and struck out 13 times.
“We lost a couple of key at-bats. They just kept coming at us,” Detroit manager A.J. Hinch said. “I thought our bats were the best they’ve been in a while. I thought our guys hung in quite a bit, just not quite enough.”
Pivetta (4-0) allowed three runs on six hits and two walks. He said it’s nice to have the kind of offensive support the Red Sox lineup can give a pitcher.
“It’s incredible what I’m seeing here. They’re doing a really great…